I’m officially done with week one of half marathon training! I’m using the Hal Higdon intermediate program, which is a 12 week program. I used his novice 2 marathon program when I trained for the Madison Marathon and loved it, so I decided to go with another one of his programs for this upcoming half.
I like his programs because 1) The mileage isn’t crazy, 2) I only have to run 4 -5 times a week, which is ideal for me since I have a history of injuries (knee problems and a stress reaction in my ankle), and 3) The runs aren’t ambiguous. I don’t like when programs have several types of training runs, like tempo, fartlek, hill, or interval runs. They’re overwhelming, and I’m always unsure if I’m doing them at the right pace, resting the right amount of time in between sprints, or climbing steep enough hills. I’d rather follow a program that tells me how many miles to run and that’s all. This program does have alternating interval and tempo runs once a week, but they’re both pretty straightforward (and short), so I don’t mind.
Week one called for about 16.5 miles of running, but I ended up with about 20 miles… oops. I couldn’t help myself! I’ve been averaging about 25 miles a week for the past couple of months, so it felt strange to decrease mileage while training for a race. I did a couple of the 3 milers on the treadmill at the gym because I’m trying to incorporate 3 days of conditioning into my training as well. I also did the interval run on the treadmill, since it’s easier to track my pace that way.
Here’s a breakdown of my week:
Monday: 3 miles on treadmill, followed by 30 minutes of core work out
Tuesday: 2.5 miles speed work on treadmill, followed by 30-35 minutes of lower body work out
Wednesday: Bike 30 minutes (about 10.5 mi), followed by 30 minutes of upper body work out
Thursday: 5 mile run outside
Saturday: 6 mile run outside
Sunday: 3 mile run outside.
I’m also going to start Kayla Itsine’s BBG workout program next week because I’m getting bored with my strength workouts. For those who are unfamiliar with Kayla, she is an Australian woman who became Instagram famous by posting her workout routines, client before & after photos, and inspirational quotes on her account. She now has over 4.5 million Instagram followers and has sold her program to more than 1,000,000 people. Her Instagram is filled with photos of impressive results from people who use her program, and it seems fun and effective so I’m going to give it a shot. (I’m also aware that she only posts photos of women with great results, but still! I can’t help but be tempted!) It’s a 12 week program, so I probably should have started last week so it matched up with my half marathon training, but oh well.
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Have you simultaneously trained for a race and used a strength training program? What was it like for you?
Who else is training for the Brooklyn Airbnb Half?
Let me know in the comments!